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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from the White House on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by S.A. Miller

House committee has breakthrough on health bill

UPDATED: House Democratic leaders have reached an agreement with a group of rebellious conservative Blue Dogs that will allow the stalled health care reform package to move through a key committee. Published July 29, 2009

Senators: Loan discounts were 'courtesy'

Two powerful Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they knew they got low mortgage-rate deals in a lender's VIP program but thought the special treatment was a "courtesy" or the same as "frequent flier" discounts. Published July 29, 2009

CBO boosts Obama's health care plan

President Obama and his Democratic allies, scrambling to broker a health care deal Monday, finally got an upbeat assessment from Congress' official scorekeeper when it said the plan for government-run coverage would not force out private insurers. Published July 28, 2009

Poll: President's popularity suffers in health reform push

For the first time since President Obama entered the Oval Office, a majority of voters disapprove of the president's job performance in a Rasmussen tracking poll - a downturn that has the potential to sap the White House's clout as it begins the heavy lifting required for health care reform. Published July 25, 2009

Obama health-care claims disputed

Even as President Obama delivered a prime-time sales pitch for his embattled health care reform plan Wednesday, basic facts about coverage, cost and who foots the bills remain in dispute and many of the president's favorite talking points are challenged not only by Republicans but also by independent fact-checkers. Published July 23, 2009

Obama wins battle to halt F-22s

The Senate voted Tuesday to kill new funds for a major Air Force fighter jet program, bowing to President Obama's first veto threat and delivering the president a major victory in his first skirmish with Democrats in Congress over spending cuts. Published July 22, 2009

Senate backs Obama in cutting F-22 funds

The Senate voted to ax new funds for an Air Force fighter jet program Tuesday, bowing to President Obama's first veto threat and delivering the president a major victory in his first skirmish with Democrats in Congress over spending cuts. Published July 21, 2009

Senate OKs bill on hate crimes

Legislation long sought by Democrats that would expand federal hate-crime laws to cover gay and transgendered people has won approval in the Senate, raising expectations among supporters that the time has finally come for it to be enacted. Published July 19, 2009

CBO: Health care reform to increase federal cost

Congress' budget watchdog warned Thursday that Democrats' health care bills would not lower skyrocketing costs and would drive up government spending, undermining one of President Obama's chief arguments for the overhaul. Published July 17, 2009

F-22 vote stalls in hate-crime redux

Senate Democrats postponed a vote Wednesday on the F-22 fighter program that would pit some members against President Obama, instead taking up a gay rights measure Democrats have pursued for more than a decade. Published July 16, 2009

Dems hope to speed Obama's stimulus

Senate Democrats said Tuesday that President Obama's $787 billion stimulus program needs to be fixed to ensure money is spent more quickly and on projects that will provide a faster boost to the economy. Published July 15, 2009

Melancon eyes possible Senate bid

Rep. Charlie Melancon of Louisiana was lying low and avoiding the press after announcing a few weeks ago that he was eyeing a run against Republican incumbent Sen. David Vitter. He had reason to be wary. Published July 14, 2009

Obama agenda stalls on Capitol Hill

The core of President Obama's congressional agenda stalled Thursday as new obstacles emerged to climate change and health care legislation, possibly crushing Democratic leaders' hopes for rapid progress this summer. Published July 10, 2009

GOP hits Pelosi for mouse funds

The tiny mouse that became a hotly disputed symbol of wasteful spending in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill has returned to pester House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Published July 10, 2009

GOP slams stimulus mouse money

The tiny mouse that became a hotly disputed symbol of wasteful spending in the congressional debate over the $787 billion economic stimulus bill has returned to pester House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Published July 9, 2009

Another federal stimulus stokes debate

Talk of another economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill has Republicans sharpening their knives and Democratic leaders vacillating, though some economists and Democrats say the sagging economy badly needs another jolt of federal spending. Published July 9, 2009

Tiger Tracker

Highlights from Tiger Woods' second round at Congressional. Published July 4, 2009

Switchblade law opponents cut in Hill fight

Opponents of the Obama administration's plan to expand the definition of "switchblades" and block the importing of many common pocketknives suffered an early setback in Congress this week, but they vow the Capitol Hill knife fight isn't over. Published June 27, 2009